3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD)

3D Systems Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides 3D printing products and services worldwide. The company’s 3D printers transform data input generated by 3D design software, CAD software, or other 3D design tools into printed parts using a range of print materials, including plastic, metal, nylon, rubber, wax, and composite materials. It offers various 3D printing technologies, such as stereolithography, selective laser sintering, direct metal printing, multijet printing, colorjet printing, and plasticjet printing.

Take a look at the 1-year chart of 3D (NYSE: DDD) below with added notations:

DDD nears the $14 level

DDD has been trading mostly sideways over the past 2 months. While in the sideways move, the stock has formed a clear resistance at $14 (red) and a solid support at $12 (green). At some point, the stock will have to break out of the current trading range.

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The Tale of the Tape: DDD is trading within a large sideways range. The possible long positions on the stock would be either on a pullback to $12 or on a breakout above $14. The ideal short opportunity would be on a break below $12.

Before making any trading decision, decide which side of the trade you believe gives you the highest probability of success. Do you prefer the short side of the market, long side, or do you want to be in the market at all? If you haven’t thought about it, review the overall indices themselves. For example, take a look at the S&P 500. Is it trending higher or lower? Has it recently broken through a key resistance or support level? Making these decisions ahead of time will help you decide which side of the trade you believe gives you the best opportunities.

No matter what your strategy or when you decide to enter, always remember to use protective stops and you’ll be around for the next trade. Capital preservation is always key!

Good luck!

Christian Tharp, CMT

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